Talk to an expert
Prior to commencing your project, we strongly encourage you to contact your nearest Bunnings store to discuss your project and installation requirements.
Buy a few more than you need
When you measure the area to be laid, add 5%-10% more to your order to cover wastage, breakages, small tile cut pieces and repairs/replacements in the future.
Read the labels
Whenever using sealants and acids, please ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommended method of application.
Prepare the area
If you are working in an unstructured area (ie. without edges or borders), you should mark out your site with pieces of string, chalk, or temporary line paint for an even, clear idea of how your paving will look and also giving you straight edges to work with.
Avoid water pooling
To avoid water pooling on your pavers, they should be slightly above the surface of the surrounding ground at all points. Thus, when planning the slope, begin what will be the highest point.
Keep work area level
If you are laying a paver base or floor, try not to disturb your laying bed by walking on the compacted base. Walk on the pavers you have already laid but be careful not to tread on edges as they pavers may tilt and shift the sand or your base resulting in an uneven job.
Once your pavers are laid, the pavers should be compacted to secure the paving in place:
- For small areas, your pavers can be compacted using a rubber mallet and a hardwood plank
- For larger spaces, you can use a mechanical plate compactor with a piece of carpet or rubber mat under the compactor to prevent the pavers from being scratched, chipped or damaged (optional)
Seal your pavers
To bring your application to its full potential, paver sealing can be a good idea. All stone is porous to some degree so if they are not properly treated with a protective sealer, water, oils or other liquids can penetrate the stone. Clear gloss or flat stone non-yellowing professional acrylic grade sealants are available.